Great Scented Liverwort - Conocephalum conicum s.l.

Description

Forms large and conspicuous thalli to 17 mm wide, often in extensive mats. The flat, leathery thalli are dark green in colour, strongly aromatic and dichotomously branching, often with purplish margins. The smooth and shiny surface has a conspicuous but ungrooved network of lines. Its air pores are more conspicuous than the lines. Male plants possess sessile, terminal cushions, whilst fruiting female plants have terminal, stalked, conical receptacles with short descending lobes.

Habitat

Prefers damp, shady, mildly base rich to neutral substrates, such as shady rocks by rivers, streams and waterfalls, but it can also grow on soil on damp banks and shady walls.

When to see it

All year.

UK Status

Common

VC55 Status

Common

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map